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Feature Film

FIRST LOOK: ‘Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero’ [Teaser]

Fun Academy Motion Pictures, a Columbus, Georgia outfit, has released a short teaser for its first animated feature, Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero — and it looks promising.

The historical family film is based on the true story of America’s most decorated military dog and follows his adventures abroad during World War I.

An independent cg animated feature is a rarity in the U.S. marketplace, especially one that carries a price tag of $25 million. The film is being produced through a combination of private investment and production tax credits.

While Fun Academy doesn’t have a track record of producing animation, the company has surrounded itself with considerable talent on the production side, most notably hiring the French production company, Mikros Image, which is also responsible for animating Dreamworks’ latest feature, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. (Mikros also animated Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods and Mune: Guardian of the Moon, and was involved in the production of The Little Prince.)

Richard Lanni (The Americans in the Bulge) directs from a script written by himself and Mike Stokey. Bibo Bergeron (director of Shark Tale, The Road to El Dorado, and A Monster in Paris) is head of story, and production design duties are split between Celine Desrumaux (co-production designer on The Little Prince) and Klepper-Bayle Pierre-Nicolas (character designer on Mune and set design on The Little Prince).

Key voices are provided by Logan Lerman, Helena Bonham Carter, and Gérard Depardieu, and the score is composed by Patrick Doyle (Brave, The Emoji Movie, Cinderella, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ).

Sgt. Stubby is due in U.S. theaters on April 13, 2018.

Fun Academy Pictures was founded by Lanni. Its president is Joseph B. Wilkinson, Jr., who was elected for eight terms to the Georgia House of Representatives before retiring earlier this year. Wilkinson also served 26 years in the United States Naval Reserve, and worked in the White Press press office during the terms of Presidents Ford and Reagan.

  • Joe Bluhm

    Exciting to see high quality CG done in small studios in the US.

    • Oger

      I think you missed the part that said the production (storyboards, models, rigs, animation, textures, fx, lighting, compositing) is being done in Canada, by a French company. Not a small studio in the US.

  • Rob

    The movie looks cute, glad to see independent CGI in the U.S. But I’m not sure if the production is a win for the U.S. animation industry. I assume Mikros – in Canada – did most or all of the animation work here? What role did Fun Academy play that would utilize artists and technicians in house on the film?

    Still sounds like another example of work going across the border, unfortunately.

    • GS

      Pre-production has been done in France, in Mikros Paris.
      The fab of the movie is done in Mikros Montreal.

  • Metlow Rovenstein

    Sounds like a good heatwarming movie to watch. I hope it doesn’t suck.

  • Interesting. It’s not too shabby for a 1st feature film from the studio.

  • Ghost of Obi Wan Kenobi

    Interesting how all the comments below seem to dig this animation… while simultaneously dissing the animation in “Leap” also mentioned on this site.